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A.M. No. 09-6-1-SC, January 21, 2015

Time and again, this Court has stressed that notarization is not an empty, meaningless and
routine act. It is invested with substantive public interest that only those who are qualified or
authorized may act as notaries public. It must be emphasized that the act of notarization by a
notary public converts a private document into a public document making that document
admissible in evidence without further proof of authenticity.
By performing notarial acts without the necessary commission from the court, Atty. Siapno violated not only
his oath to obey the laws particularly the Rules on Notarial Practice but also Canons 1 and 7 of the Code
of Professional Responsibility which proscribes all lawyers from engaging in unlawful, dishonest,
immoral or deceitful conduct and directs them to uphold the integrity and dignity of the legal
profession, at all times.